Friday, November 28, 2008

Mystery impossible-to-defend-serious-failure-of-an-selected-president theatre 3000

Bush on what he wants to be remembered for:

"I would like to be a person remembered as a person who, first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process," Bush said,

It's hard to sell something which, if it ever existed, died a long, long time ago.

"I came to Washington with a set of values, and I'm leaving with the same set of values. And I darn sure wasn't going to sacrifice those values...

What's really sad is that this might actually be true.

Ah, Schadenfreude!

You've come back to me!

...As one or two of you may remember, I do not like Rosie O'Donnell a whole awful lot. And by "a whole awful lot" I mean "at all." I think she's out-of-tune (and I don't mean musically--I've never heard her sing, for which I am thankful), classless, and suffers from a severe case of talent-lack.

This being the case, it will not surprise you that I found other things to do than watch her live variety special Wednesday night. This may have been a mistake.

Because if the reviews are to be believed it was not so much live as...well, there's an obvious pun to be made, but I'm going to have the good taste not to make it.

This sounds as though it may have been a bomb of historical proportions.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Things to be thankful for, 2008 (part three of three)

The other two parts are posted in my other blogs.

As always, in no particular order:

Film and TV:

Doctor Who

Most of Babylon 5

Stranger Than Fiction.

Bender's Game. After the first two Futurama straight-to-DVD movies had my faith wavering, the third helped to restore it.

The Bond movies that I like and not the ones I don't

Monty Python!


Jon Stewart.

Monk, which is approaching its eighth and final season.

Tron 2! That it's coming.

Gone Baby Gone


Richard Williams' The Thief Who Never Gave Up.

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Dirt. For me, the biggest casualty of the writers' strike.

Shoot 'Em Up

A Midwinter's Tale (AKA In the Bleak Midwinter)

Cave of the Yellow Dog

Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

Triumph the Insult Dog

Stephen Colbert

The Saw film series

Artists of the guitar and synthesizer:

David Bowie
Colin Hay
Peter Gabriel
The Fixx
Scritti Politti
Emily Easterly
Teachers (more the soundtrack than the movie, but...)
"How Soon is Now," by The Smiths.
Howard Jones
Nik Kershaw
Oingo Boingo
Leonard Cohen
Upstairs At Eric's

Arts and entertainment:

Harlan Ellison
George Carlin

Favorite color:



Jeopardygirl, Corey and the usual suspects.

Don't Watch That...Watch This

For those of you who are tired of my nudging you about watching Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a heads-up:

Friday Night Lights will be back on NBC on January 16, 2009.

I'm telling you this now so you have time to go out and rent the first two seasons and be all caught up when I start nudging you about watching this series.

And by the way...

Watch Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The show started out good and has only gotten better, but it's being beaten in the ratings even by Chuck. And that ain't right.

Who else you got?

The wingnut Peggy Noonan stopped on the way to her mental vacation of fantasizing about Ronald Reagan just long enough to say:

"I happen to think the media is up to a bit of mischief here. I think the media wants to take Sarah Palin and make her, subliminally, the face of the Republican party. They want to make her: this is what Republicans are, the face of the party, the leader of the party, because it amuses them to do that."

Who else you got?

PS: As the Political Wire reminds us, and as I blogged about at the time:

During the presidential election, Noonan was caught on a live microphone saying Sen. John McCain's pick of Palin doomed the Republican ticket.

The Beckhams were winning when I voted, which I don't understand at all.

C'mon now, we know she doesn't eat.

My favorite Celebrity poll site is asking:

Which of the following celeb families would you like to spend Thanksgiving weekend with?

The Hiltons
The Lohans
The Jonases
The Spearses
The Beckhams

I voted for The Lohans, but I'm assuming they mean Lindsay and Sam. If the rest of her family has to be there, then I'm switching my vote to the Hiltons. Yes, there's just as much a chance I'd be going to jail before the weekend was over, but there's an ever better chance I'd get to have sex.

Of course not. Emotions are for human beings, and this is a monster.

A Missouri mother on trial in a landmark cyberbullying case was convicted Wednesday of three minor offenses instead of the main conspiracy charge in a cruel Internet hoax that apparently drove a 13-year-old girl to suicide.

The federal jury could not reach a verdict on the conspiracy allegation against 49-year-old Lori Drew and rejected three other felony counts of accessing computers without authorization to inflict emotional harm on the girl.

Instead, the panel convicted her of three misdemeanor offenses of accessing computers without authorization. Each of those counts is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Drew faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the four original counts.

I have only three words to say about this: It's a start.

Drew did not show any visible emotion when the clerk read the verdicts.

See post title.

I don't really know who Taylor Momsen is

Apparently she's on Gossip Girl, which I don't watch. But I do know this: Tan/pink flesh is not a good color for a lollypop.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A song to sing.


...Love that duck.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Oh, to be a fly on the wall.

Bush meets with Nobel Award winners

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three 2008 Nobel laureates from the United States lined up with President George W. Bush on Monday for an Oval Office photograph to mark their achievements.

The third laureate at the White House was Paul Krugman of New York, who won the Nobel Prize in economics for his work on international trade patterns. Krugman, a frequent critic of the Bush administration who opposed the recent $700 billion financial bailout, is a Princeton University professor and New York Times columnist.

I'll bet that was a funny, funny meeting.

My little chickadee

This photo was taken by Joe Baker.


This. Is. Just. Wrong.

So much so, I'm not even going to stain my blog by reproducing its image. Go here...if you are of stout heart and strong disposition.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Robert Reich showing why he impresses me

If the man can write about economic issues in a way which I can understand...he's good.


The party of Still President Bush can run but they can't hide from the truth: They're a party that was defined by Richard Nixon's dirty tricks--and remains so. Most recent example: Accusing a man whose child was kidnapped of being "soft" on crimes committed against children.

Yes, really.

Via TPM Election Central.